Wildlife & Animals – Kafue NP
Kafue offers great wildlife viewing with a large variety of animals that are easily seen. The only absentees are rhino and giraffe. All big cats are reasonably easy to spot, and wild dogs are present as well. Hippo and crocodile are abundant in the rivers. After years of heavy poaching, buffalo and elephant tend to be shy, and some bull elephant are aggressive, but there are good numbers around.
Kafue has a large variety of antelope. There are several wetland-loving species including the red lechwe, which can be seen in big herds, puku, and the rarely seen, shy sitatunga antelope. Some of the species that prefer drier ground include Lichtenstein's hartebeest, roan antelope and oribi, which are usually found in pairs.
Best Time for Wildlife Viewing
From the middle, until the end, of the Dry season (July to October) is the best time for wildlife viewing in the park. Animals congregate around the rivers and watercourses, and the vegetation is thinner which makes spotting easier.